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FSPA COVID-19 update 4/2/20        

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Swimming pool and spa service, maintenance, construction, supply, and engineering are considered essential businesses and can continue to operate.


Gov. DeSantis has issued Emergency Order 20-91 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It incorporates the list of essential business in the Miami-Date Emergency Order. Therefore swimming pool and spa service, maintenance, construction, supply, and engineering are considered essential businesses will be able to operate. It is important that all swimming pool and spa professionals continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing while serving your customers.

Please print out copies of the Order for all company vehicles and employees to carry with them to and from the office and job sites, the Order is a legal document that gives your company status as an essential business under this order.  READ DALLAS' FULL EXPLANATION HERE

FL Executive Order to stay at home    Miami-Dade order referenced in FL EO

Statewide Construction Industry Commitment  Site Checklist

COVID-19 Helpful Info and Links

Broward County closes public pools - click here for the order.

Yes, except for Broward County (click here). Executive Order 20-91 lists swimming as one of the essential activities that Floridians can participate in during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place. However, operation of the pool and spa should follow the CDC's social distancing guidelines. Pool deck and swimmer densities should be limited per the CDC's recommendations to 10 or fewer at one time to allow bathers to maintain proper social distancing. Hard surfaces such as handrails, deck chairs and tables, gate latches and handles should also be regularly cleaned and sanitized. Regular swimming pool and spa water testing and maintenance should still occur to ensure that swimming pool and spa is clean and working. However, community pools may choose to close and should then follow the FL Dept. of Health guidelines DOH guide to voluntary pool closures document.

DOH guide to voluntary pool closures document. If public pools are ordered to close in your community, remind facility management that DOH requires public pools and spas always be maintained.

The Florida Building Officials Association of Florida is maintaining a list of office operational changes. Check your local office here.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. floridadisasterloan.org/

Copies of county Emergency Orders call be found here.



For Immediate Release

Press Releases

      The Center for Disease Control says that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through properly maintained pools and spas - “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.” www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html
      The Florida Swimming Pool Association reminds everyone that while staying at home during the current pandemic, it is a great time to enjoy swimming pools and hot tubs. Pools and spa owners should follow current guidelines of only allowing 10 people in the pool and deck area at a time. By limiting numbers of pool participants and allowing for space between one another, people will help keep each other stay safe while still enjoying the pool.
      Proper maintenance, upkeep and testing of pools should be done at regular intervals and preferably performed and monitored by licensed professionals to ensure proper pool and public health. All entry and exit points into and out of the pool and deck area such as ladders, gates, and doors should be properly sanitized throughout the day. Pools and spas are valuable resources to communities, allowing adults and children access to healthy and safe recreation and relaxation.
Download the press release.


Operations Updates from FSPA Distributor Members:

 

POOLCORP
HORNERXPRESS
FLORIDA WATER PRODUCTS

 

Gorman Company is not closing any locations.



I have chosen to keep my pool company open, now what?

  1. Print a copy of Florida's Emergency Order and Miami-Dade's (it is referenced by the state order) for each employee's personal and work vehicle.
  2. Review Dallas' explanation and reference chart to know what sections of the order reference your company's type of work.
  3. Order exclusive, FSPA member decals alerting others that your vehicles are part of an essential service here.
  4. Check to see if your building department is open and if they are opening new permits for construction.
  5. Practice all social distancing, maximum gathering, and cleanliness guidelines and remind your employees to do the same in the field.
  6. Remind commercial pools your company maintains that they need to continue to maintain the water quality even if the pool closes - DOH document.

FREE, exclusive FSPA member "Essential Services" window clings!

Help alert others that your company vehicles are Essential Services. These are not required by the state or legally backed.  You should also print a copy of the legal documents, Florida's Emergency Order and the referenced Miami-Dade order, to keep in each vehicle to prove to any questioning authority that pool service is deemed essential. We suggest one per company vehicle, up to first 25 are free. $1 per additional.


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Share information with homeowners...

Send your customers to our consumer page to let them know that it is safe to swim and important to maintain proper water chemistry.

http://www.floridapoolpro.com/safety/covid-19/




In case you missed them, view e-mails sent by FSPA regarding COVID-19:

• Fri., March 20 Letter from Wendy https://conta.cc/2QyvoH2 
• Tues., March 24 , 12:30 p.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/39hYbWG 
• Tues., March 24, 7:20 p.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/39hbWVM 
• Wed., March 25, 12:30 p.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/2wsjO9J 
• Wed., March 25, 6:45 p.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/33MXdRk 
• Thurs., March 26, 4:05 p.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/2QOuVR9
• Fri., March 27, 6:20 p.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/3bHUs6L 
• Sat., March 28, 8:30 a.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/3dvmq7g 
• Sun., March 29, 8:30 a.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/2Uq3xes 
• Mon., March 30, 3:15 p.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/3dIeYFN 
• Tues, March 31, 3:05 p.m. Splash Flash E-news https://conta.cc/39y1l94
FSPA COVID-19 How to keep your techs safe        



The Florida Swimming Pool Association is a trade association for the pool and spa industry in Florida.  There are approximately 700 member businesses in 16 Chapters across the state.  Members are required to abide by a code of ethics and to be properly licensed and insured.  FSPA provides the industry with access to continuing education courses, information on current trends and issues, and an arbitration program and government relations representation.  FSPA is governed by a Board of Directors.